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Full Title: Greek as a Minority and as a Majority Language in Heritage Contexts: Theoretical, Experimental, and Sociolinguistic Perspectives
Location: London, United Kingdom
Start Date: 07-Sep-2017 - 09-Sep-2017
Contact: Evangelia Daskalaki
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Meeting Description: We are pleased to announce that a workshop themed ‘Greek as a minority and as a majority language in heritage contexts: theoretical, experimental, and sociolinguistic perspectives’ will be held as part of the 13th International Conference on Greek Linguistics that will take place at the University of Westminster in 7–9 September 2017 ( Researchers who wish to participate are hereby invited to submit an abstract. Below we provide a description of the workshop.

Heritage speakers (HSs) are typically understood as early bilinguals, whose first language, the heritage language they were exposed to from birth at home, is different from the main language of their society (Valdes, 2000; Polinsky & Kagan, 2007, among others). Like L2 speakers, they are typically unbalanced bilinguals. Unlike L2 speakers, though, they are typically—though not always—weaker in their first/heritage language, that is, in the language they acquired from their parents, siblings and wider family during their early years of language development. The recognition of HSs as a special group of bilinguals has given rise to a number of theoretical and experimental studies concerning the grammatical domains in which their competence and performance diverge from that of monolingual native speakers or L2 speakers, as well as the possible sources of the observed diverging performances (Benmamoun et al. 2013a, 2013b; Montrul, 2016; Rothman 2009; Scontras et al. 2015). More recently, sociolinguistically-oriented studies have also begun to emerge showing very intriguing disparities and seemingly conflicting results with experimental studies even for specific linguistic phenomena (Nagy, 2015).

Despite the fact that Greek is spoken as a heritage language by an estimated 5 million speakers outside Greece, studies on the acquisition and use of Greek as a heritage language are still scarce. At the same time, despite the stark increase in the number of immigrant populations in Greece, there has been little work on heritage communities in the country, for which Greek is the majority language.


Vicky Chondrogianni (University of Edinburgh)
Evangelia (Lila) Daskalaki (University of Alberta)
Petros Karatsareas (University of Westminster)
Linguistic Subfield: Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 28.107

This is a session of the following meeting:
13th International Conference on Greek Linguistics

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